Leopard Catfish - Corydoras trilineatus
Published August 6, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Leopard Catfish (Corydoras trilineatus) is frequently confused with the Corydoras julii. You can tell them apart by looking at the horizontal stripes. In the C. trilineatus they are larger. There are very similar aquarium care requirements between the two species.
These leopard corydoras will do much better when kept in groups and it can be quite interesting to watch the social interaction among them when kept in groups. The corydoras as a whole are some of the most commonly kept species in the home aquarium mainly (in my opinion) because of their cuteness and personalities.
Catfish trilineatus Care
Scientific Name : Corydoras trilineatus
Common Names : Leopard Catfish, Three Line Corydoras, Three Stripe Corydoras
Care Level : Easy
Size : Up to 2.3 inches (6 cm)
Water Parameters : pH 6 - 8 | Temperature : 72°F - 79°F (22°C - 26°C) | Water Hardness : 2° to 25° dH
Lifespan : 2 to 3 years
Origin / Habitat : South America: Central Amazon River basin
Temperament / Behavior : Peaceful small schooling catfish
Breeding : The female holds eggs between her pelvic fins, where the male fertilizes them. Female then swims to a suitable spot where she attaches the sticky eggs. The pair repeats this process until about 100 eggs have been fertilized and attached (ref: fishbase)
Aquarium Size : 20 gallons (75 liters), keep them in schools
Tank Mates : Similar sized fish, peaceful species.
Diet / Foods : They feed on small crustaceans, worms and plant matter in the wild. They will eat smaller flakes, micro pellets (new life spectrum micro pellets are really good)
Tank Region : bottom region, among the aquarium plants and in caves
Gender : When looking at them top-down, females will be thicker or wider.
Photo Credit : Photos copyright JJPhoto.dk
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